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5 Under $50: Peplum

Peplum is all fine and good when it's on the runways at Vera Wang, Giorgio Armani and Jason Wu (models don't mind added volume on the hips and thighs) but can it work in real life? I have yet to try but my adventurous side is contemplating these pretty peplum pieces under $50. Are you wearing peplum this spring?

1. Forever 21 Peplum Dress, $19.80

2. New York & Co. Peplum Top (also in white), $42.95

3. ASOS Curve Peplum Top, $39.39

4. ASOS Floral Peplum Top, $44.76

5. ModCloth Red Peplum Skirt, $42.99

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For more spring fashions, check out my spring 2012 trend guide.

I love the peplum look! I got a peplum shirt from h&m for dirt cheap
#1 Ayanna on 2012-03-26 18:33 (Reply)
love these picks!
#2 Megan, The Frugalista Diaries (Homepage) on 2012-03-26 18:42 (Reply)
Oooh! I am in
#3 Kat (Homepage) on 2012-03-26 19:04 (Reply)
The forever 21 dress is super cute, but you do bring up a good point. Just like tulip skirts, this trend looks kinda tricky. I say, try it out and let us know some good tips ;-)
#4 MizzJ (Homepage) on 2012-03-27 01:21 (Reply)
I've tried the peplum look for NYFW and I love it. I have flabby lower abs so the peplum is a perfect coverup. Check out the look:

My skirt is Paprika from ASOS.
#5 In-Between Sizes (Homepage) on 2012-03-27 06:57 (Reply)
You look amazing! Love how you kept the rest of the outfit monochrome and let the focus be the bright peplum skirt. I'm feeling inspired!
#5.1 The Budget Babe on 2012-03-27 09:51 (Reply)
I think since I'm very boyish shaped, I'd be able to pull off peplum but haven't invested in a piece because it feels too much like a quick passing fad - but I could be wrong! I did fake it last week with a flowy tank top though! Which could be a way to 'try' the trend without investing in a piece that may only get one wear.
#6 My Dressy Ways (Homepage) on 2012-03-27 08:43 (Reply)
Ok Ms. Bombshell, you do not have a boyish shape! :-) I love how you wore that top with the belt, definitely accomplished the peplum look. I think the trick will be finding the right top...I will scour my closet....
#6.1 The Budget Babe on 2012-03-27 09:50 (Reply)
I bought an eyelet lace one from anthro. Wear it with my long flowy pleated skirt and long maxi bc I don't like how those look with slouchy shirts. It looks ok on skinny models and actresses, but I have belly flab, and the peplum is the perfect disguise. I don't always like belting a top because it gives muffin top (or bottom).
#7 Sarah on 2012-03-28 12:02 (Reply)
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